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Discrepant Glucose Results between Capillary and Venous Blood in an 83-Year-Old White Man.
Lab Med 2014 ;45(4):e156-7
Department of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA Clinical Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian and Shadyside Hospitals, Pittsburgh, PA McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Herein, we present a case of pseudohypoglycemia induced by hypothermia in an 83-year-old white man in whom glucose levels between venous and capillary blood were discrepant. Although pseudohypoglycemia has been reported in the literature, it is under-recognized among health care professionals and laboratorians. Health care professionals may encounter pseudohypoglycemia using glucose meters; the potentially inaccuracy of glucose meter results for critically ill patients has been intensely debated recently. Thus, this article should be educational for the point-of-care community.
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